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Report: Penn State will hire James Franklin

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Earlier Thursday, it was reported James Franklin had been offered Penn State’s head coaching job. A few hours later, CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported it’s a done deal, and Franklin will be the next coach of the Nittany Lions.

The initial reaction: This is absolutely a home run hire for Penn State. Franklin could’ve been a good fit at two of college football’s most powerful programs — USC and Texas — so landing him in State College appears to be a good omen for the direction of the program.

Franklin takes over an improving situation as the historic sanctions leveled against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal were eased last September, and could be eased again this fall. If the sanctions aren’t softened, Penn State will be allowed a full 85 scholarships in 2016 — two years before the original sanctions called for.

It appears possible, too, that Penn State could be eligible to play in a bowl and the Big Ten Championship as early as this year.

Franklin took over Vanderbilt in 2011 and led the Commodores to three consecutive bowls — this after the program only played in four bowl games in its previous 107 years. Vanderbilt finished in the top 25 for the first time since 1948 last season, and half of the program’s four nine-win seasons came under Franklin.

It wasn’t all pretty under Franklin’s watch in Nashville — four Vanderbilt players were charged over the summer with rape and a fifth (receiver Chris Boyd) pleaded guilty to attempting to cover up the incident. All five players were dismissed from the team.

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20 Responses to “Report: Penn State will hire James Franklin”
  1. BrownsTown says: Jan 9, 2014 12:35 PM

    Two head coaches? How does Al Golden feel about this?

  2. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 9, 2014 12:46 PM

    excellent hire

    rhythmic slapping

  3. tommy57 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:50 PM

    An excellent choice, to be sure, but perhaps only for the short term. 49ers OC Roman might have been a better, long-term consideration.

  4. ironman721 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    Good football hire but maybe not the best moral hire due to both schools recent rape issues.

  5. tommy57 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:53 PM

    I enjoy the ‘rhythmic slapping’ posts. It reminds me of being a kid and laughing at things I shouldn’t have been laughing at.

  6. tex2 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:59 PM

    In addition to this physical rape, Amway has financially raped 10s of millions of people:

  7. benrob99 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:16 PM

    Great hire for PSU. They absolutely got the right guy for the job.

  8. tex4ever says: Jan 9, 2014 1:21 PM

    tommy57 , you should “rhythmic slap” yourself. Roman as a head coach at Penn? You’re a tool.

    Since you’re not a kid and working…what are you doing dropping posts on NBC sports….you must have some kind of career. When I get out of college you’ll be working for me…you are funny!

  9. kosarkid says: Jan 9, 2014 1:36 PM

    I wanted them to hire Roman so that I could hear some Roman bath jokes : (
    Oh well, might as well get a guy who’s familiar with rape situations. At least he didn’t get those players an office next to his so he could hear some rhythmic slapping.

  10. jerrysgloryhole says: Jan 9, 2014 1:50 PM

    tex4ever if you’re talking about being a retail manager, you’re probably right. That’s about all a college degree will get you nowadays…Anyways, great hire by Penn State.

  11. beavertonsteve says: Jan 9, 2014 1:58 PM

    Interesting that Franklin has a history with coach Ron Vanderlinden who “resigned” from O’Brien’s staff a short time ago. Vanderlinden was popular with current players and 2014 recruits. I wonder if he may be back.

  12. pappyyppap says: Jan 9, 2014 3:17 PM

    Cant wait to hear Franklins spin for taking the PSU job. He always said at Vanderbilt that he is in the 3rd best conference in all of football behind the NFC and the AFC. Now he’s with a school that might not be the 3rd best confernce in college football.

  13. lbijake says: Jan 9, 2014 4:04 PM

    Great hire, especially for keeping the recruits. If he leaves in a few years, it will be because he has had success at Penn State. So Penn State will win if he stays or leaves.

  14. gredw6733 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:32 PM

    Sincere condolences to Vanderbilt administration, students, team, coaches, alumni, and fans. It’s no fun to loose your coach – especially a good one. We know. Here’s wishing the best in the future to your great University. Lion 1969

  15. musketmaniac says: Jan 9, 2014 4:50 PM

    Franklin, hmmm I got nothing. for fear of tasteless(some mine) jokes this may be a great hire. Golden, and Roman gave us some lead-ins. Franklin hmmm ill get back with you.

  16. tigertigerwoodsyall says: Jan 9, 2014 8:57 PM

    Gredw6733 – proof read before you place that salutation at the end of a comment. ‘Loose’? C’mon man.
    Educated Lion 1998

  17. boomgrounder says: Jan 10, 2014 12:25 AM

    So does Franklin still have the requirements that he meet any potential Assistant Coaching hires and they must be married with good looking wives?
    So is he going to continue to enforce the protocol that all his players delete any pictures or videos from their cell phones of sexual assaults they are involved in?
    Stay Classy Penn State!

  18. tommy57 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:25 AM

    Tex4ever – I recommend you improve your ability to recognize sarcasm; otherwise, it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever be under your direct supervision.

  19. musketmaniac says: Jan 10, 2014 4:10 PM

    tommy I would watch how you use the words `under and supervision` together. Big brother is always watching out for future pederasses

  20. musketmaniac says: Jan 10, 2014 4:15 PM

    and second. I cannot believe the scrutiny this guy is under because of the rape incident. Hello coaches can’t patrol campuses. its what you do after. Report it, suspensions, not allowing your influence in the community to hinder investigations. Hello, he did this admirably.

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